NATIONAL PET WEEK – First Sunday through Saturday in May

National Pet Week - First Full Week in May
(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)


Beginning the first full week in May, National Pet Week celebrates the relationship and the circle of life between pet and human. The week is also an opportunity to review your pet’s health to help ensure a long and lasting relationship.

The relationships between animals and humans have developed for thousands of years. Dogs provided protection and improved hunting. They also rid farms and homes of vermin as do cats. Pets also provide companionship.

Taking care of our pets is part of the relationship between humans and animals. They require our care to feed, shelter, and care for their health. Having a pet is a long-term commitment involving training, grooming, nutrition, exercise, and visiting the veterinarian. This cycle continues daily throughout the life of the animal.

Despite all the responsibilities that come with pet ownership, homes with pets are on the rise. So, National Pet Week serves to provide resources and support to pet owners to guide them on their way to a happy and healthy relationship.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPetWeek

  • Check-in with your vet and confirm your pets are up-to-date on their care.
  • Share stories about your pet.
  • Volunteer at a shelter and consider adoption.
  • Take your dog for a walk.
  • Inspect your pet’s toys and throw out any that are damaged.
  • Visit to find out how to celebrate.
  • Share your favorite pet stories and use #NationalPetWeek to share on social media.


The American Veterinary Medical Association founded National Pet Week in 1982 and continues to provide healthy tips, tools, and resources to help your pet live a longer and healthier life.


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